If you are a home owner and require damp and timber expertise we can help.

Pre-purchase Surveys

We can perform a full survey on any home you are looking to purchase.

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Damp and Timber Experts

Shaw Preservations is the leading damp, woodworm and dry rot specialist in the Surrey area.

It was set up in 1974 to specialise in the eradication of woodworm, fungal decay and rising damp in buildings, plus cellar waterproofing. This was expanded in 1987 to cover wall tie replacement and hoop iron removal.

All our staff are fully qualified and committed to providing work of the highest possible standard and a friendly, responsive service to our customers.

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Services in brief

We offer a range of property services tailor made to suit your requirements. Click the links for more information on each.

Damp Specialists

Damp in properties is a serious problem with the damage ranging from slight, as in decorative staining, to more severe such as structural damage.

There are several forms of damp such as penetrating, rising, lateral, condensation and plumbing leaks etc.

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Wet Rot, Dry Rot and Woodworm

Shaw Preservations has many years of experience in delivering effective and appropriate timber solutions to hundreds of properties in Epsom and Surrey. Our timber services include wet rot, dry rot and woodworm infestation. Read more >

Basement Waterproofing (Tanking)

Basement waterproofing is a technique of applying a waterproof lining to areas of a building that are partially or wholly below ground or water levels. This process enables a normally un-inhabitable wasted part of a building to be successfully transformed into a usable functional area. This is also known as tanking. Read more >

Property Surveys

Shaw Preservations provides a range of professional, honest and friendly survey services to homeowners – those considering purchasing a property (pre-purchase surveys) and commercial properties. Read more >>

Heritage and Listed Building Preservation

Properties built before the Mid 19th century were constructed very differently to today’s buildings. Today, dwellings use impervious methods relying onbarriers to keep water out. Dampness is thus prevented from entering the property. In more recent times, the emphasis has also been to prevent moisture loss by sealing the property. Read more >>

Hoop Irons

Hoop irons were a system of reinforcement designed to provide additional strength in building following the introduction of cavity wall in the mid 19th century. Hoop irons are long steel strips laid horizontally in the brickwork mortar joint. In time, these steel strips corrode and expand causing long horizontal cracks allowing water ingress in to the cavity wall. This water ingress encourages hoop iron corrosion and introduces dampness and decay into the fabric of the building. Read more >

Wall Ties

Metal wall ties provide structural strength and stability in buildings with cavity walls. These ties are normally constructed of steel with or without a sacrificial galvanized zinc coating. The structural stability of the building is very dependent on the conditions of these wall ties. Advanced corrosion can cause damage to the structure and if ignored could lead to wall ties failure resulting in the outer wall bulging, becoming unstable with the possibility of collapse. Read more >

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Customer Testimonials

Very helpful office staff. The work was done very well. When the operative and the plasterer arrived they got on with the work immediately and didn’t stop until they were finished. Very impressed with their work ethic and relaxed likeable persona. Very neat and tidy.
Satisfied customer in Banstead
I was extremely Impressed with Shaw Preservations. They were very professional from start to finish, with friendly and helpful office staff and the work was completed on time to a very high standard. My home was left clean and tidy. I can highly recommend them.
Satisfied customer in Tadworth

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